Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super 5k and Birthday Recap

I woke up today and had every intention to walk the 5k.  I have not been given the ok to run yet.  I am feeling better and it was a beautiful morning.  I got there and registered and met up with my friends, TL and MB.  The race today was TL's first.  I didn't want to miss it.  I realized early on that there really weren't too many walkers.  This made my anxious.  I don't know exactly why, I guess because I was hoping to not be the only one.

We went down to the start line and I got in the back of the pack.  There were 381 participants today.  The gun went off and I started to walk.  This did not make me happy, I wanted to run so bad.  Where I was there were some walkers but it didn't make me feel better.  I thought to myself, "just try it, see how you feel."  So that is what I did.  I was slow but I felt good so I kept going.  I ran most of the first mile at a 12:10 pace.

I was so happy to run, it felt great and I know I was smiling the whole time.  About 2 minutes into the second mile, I saw MB and she look great!  A minute after that, TL passed me and she looked strong.  I was so happy for her.  I finished mile 2 at 24:?.  I just don't remember the seconds sorry.  I did most of my walking in the last mile but it was down Ocean Road and the view is beautiful.  I crossed the finish line at 38:29 with MB and TL cheering for me.

Me, TL and MB
I have to say that this was a really nice race.  It was a totally flat course and you can run it fast if you want to.  Probably a good one if you want to PR.   It starts and finishes at a hotel, so we got to use real restrooms.  That is a huge plus.  They had a pasta lunch for us when we got back inside the hotel.  Parking was easy and close.  Not to mention the view.  I would do this race again.

I am also happy to say, that my back and knee, so far, feel good.  I hope it stays that way.  I will have to come clean to my therapist either way on Tuesday.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Now on to my birthday!  I had a great time on Thursday.  DH and I were able to have coffee together in the morning after we got the kids to school at a little coffee shop.  We have been doing this when he is home now that my youngest is in preschool.  It is like a little date and I love it.  Later, two of my greatest friends took me to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch and drinks.  We had a wonderful time.  For dinner, DH and the kids took me out for burgers and ice cream.  I couldn't of asked for a better day.

The Birthday Girls!
My Beautiful Cupcakes!

On Saturday, me, DH and 9 of my friends, plus my mom and dad had dinner at Mariner Grille.  the food and service was excellent.  They were very accommodating for such a big party.  Instead of cake this year, I had cupcakes from Silver Spoon Bakery.  Holy cow, they were the best!  I chose two kinds, Cookie Monster and Bubbly.  Let me tell you, it was hard to choose but I know I made the right decision.  Everyone really enjoyed them and I have leftovers, Yeah Me!  For those of you in Rhode Island, I highly recommend both of these places.

So far, 40 is fabulous!  I am happy that my first race is done and I am hoping I am ready for the 10k in April.  Did you race this weekend?  How did it go?  What are your Super Bowl plans?

Run Strong, Think Big!


  1. So glad to hear that you were able to run pain-free! And that sounds like the perfect birthday. I love coffee shop dates. :)